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Old 04-17-2019, 05:51 AM   #1
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Tire Dry Rot?

About three years and 6,500 miles ago, I put new Maxxis 8008 tires on our travel trailer. Upgraded from C to E as when I went through the CAT scales, they told me we were right at or slightly over max for C when fully loaded and full fresh water. I kept them clean and treated with 303 at least every three months.

Well, this winter we knew we weren't going to be able to go much, so I put covers on them in December. Yeah, probably should have ALWAYS had covers, but I didn't.

We got ready to take a big (1,700 mile) trip, pulled the covers off, inflated and everything looked fine- but they were still pretty shiny from the 303 from before and I didn't look THAT close.

We get home and I go to clean them with normal tire cleaner and a brush and once I rinse them off, I see the beginnings of cracking like in the photo. I think the photo might show them worse than they look like in real life.

Most of our trips are within about 75 miles with one big one per year.

My overly cautious nature says better safe than sorry. My wallet is hoping I'm overreacting.

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Old 04-17-2019, 05:59 AM   #2
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What are the date codes on them?
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Old 04-17-2019, 06:48 AM   #3
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Maybe you should try another brand of tires. My G614 are never covered and the tires are five years old
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Old 04-17-2019, 07:22 AM   #4
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Fluffy: Good question. I'll check when I get back home. My guess will be 2015, but I'm not sure.

Spock: I was thinking about Endurance if I have to replace them. What makes this Goodyear tire you referenced worth almost double the price? I'm generally a fan of "buy once, cry once"- which is what I thought I was doing when I got ride of the tires the camper came with and upgraded to the Maxxis.

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Youíd be surprised. I just (this month) went through a tire change fiasco. The first set that was put on was 0417. Turns out, they werenít the load rating I had ordered anyhow so they special ordered the correct ones from Carlisle and they are 0119
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Old 04-17-2019, 08:06 AM   #6
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Personally I would not get overly excited about your light cracks. Yes I would probably replace them before a 1300 mile trip ( As they are probably over 4 years old) but not necessarily before a 95 mile trip(s).

Yes I will agree it is better to be safe that sorry.

This is telling me though that covering the tires and using a treatment on them makes no difference. OR maybe it does more harm than good ?


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I personally think that most of these so called 'protectants' cause more harm than good.

I don't like putting that shiny stuff on my tires...
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Ok. Just checked the date codes and they were all made in the second or third quarter of 2015.

Also, now that they have set with the Aero 303 on them, the cracking is barely visible. Like only a couple small cracks.

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I have a set of (4) Maxxis made in the 28 week of 2015. E load rating, I donít remember the size. I was just over there yesterday pumping them up to there Max. PSI 80 pounds. I looked at the outer walls and I didnít see any cracks. I better look at them a lot closer. They have had covers on them and havenít moved since the 1st of the year. I will report back to you the next time I am over there.
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Personally, I wouldn't worry about hose cracks at all. Keep an eye on them though and start covering them.
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